The St. James Center for Spiritual Formation is pleased to announce the return of the popular Summer Sounds at St. James series of musical concerts. Concerts are scheduled each Wednesday evening in July at 7:00 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church, at the corner of Convention at N. Fourth Street in downtown Baton Rouge.
Admission for each concert is $10; college students with a valid ID will be admitted free. A reception follows each concert so the audience may have an opportunity to meet the performers, obtain memorabilia and recordings, and enjoy the St. James Artists’ Guild Summer Exhibition and Sale. Online ticket purchase will open soon, where you can prepay with electronic check or debit/credit card (tickets will be held for pick-up at door). Tickets will also be available at the door (cash or check, only).
The eighth annual Summer Sounds series opens on Wednesday, July 5 with renowned New Orleans jazz vocalist Barbara Shorts. Well known in New Orleans for her powerful voice and bluesy jazz style, Ms. Shorts has traveled the world, but her musical roots are gospel from her hometown where she has performed at the Jazz & Heritage Festival, Essence Festival, and as soloist with the New Orleans/Cincinnati Ballet and Orchestra Company. Her repertoire includes such classics as St. Louis Blues, 'A' Train, My Funny Valentine, Baby, Won't You Please Come Home, I've Got the World on a String, and more.
The Wednesday, July 12 program will feature Quiana Lynell and The Lush Life. Quiana Lynell is well known for her velvet voice and shares her time as a teaching artist and touring performer. For more than a decade, she has been immersed in learning Louisiana culture, working beside masters of the jazz world, soaking up pieces of knowledge and history while sharing the stage with such artists as Don Vappie, Germaine Bazille, Harry Connick Jr., Roderick Paulin, David Torkanowsky, and Herlin Riley. This summer, she brings her Lush Life band together in an intimate setting of the blues, including songs from Blu Lu Barker, Helen Humes, Allen Toussaint, Dinah Washington, and more. Lynell sees music as the soundtrack of life and enjoys each opportunity to share memories and moments in the lives of those around her.
With a most unique and diverse musical repertoire and a sophisticated piano style, singer-songwriter and piano man-entertainer Armand St. Martin returns to the Summer Sounds at St. James on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. This year, instead of providing his well-known all-original solo piano concert of his Louisiana songs and storytelling, he will focus on Armand St. Martin's Maison C'est Bon Jazz Trio.
With variety and depth, this trio is popular for performing their jazzy new twists on New Orleans favorites, in addition to several St. Martin's originals, by mixing jazz standards with New Orleans classic R&B, melding rock 'n' roll with blues and Dixieland, and blending legendary sounds to create a "new sound." St. Martin's piano-based American roots and New Orleans rock 'n' roll style is joined by two traditional jazz pros: Al Bernard on acoustic bass, and Bob Rotherham, tenor and soprano sax.
St. Martin takes pleasure in sculpting every set list with his audience in mind. His goal is always to have fun and to ensure his audience feels happy. For this performance, Armand St. Martin's Maison C'est Bon Jazz Trio's repertoire ranges from Gershwin's "Summertime" and great American standards such as "The Way You Look Tonight" and "Moonglow" to New York's Fats Waller's "Ain't Misbehaving" and "Honeysuckle Rose" to New Orleans standards like "Basin Street Blues."
Randy East and Raw Sugar will bring the 2017 series to a conclusion on Wednesday, July 26. Randy is a singer, songwriter, entertainer, and humorist, and the evening will feature Randy’s singing and playing his original songs and music, intertwined with his reflections of growing up in New Orleans.
Randy refers to his style of music as “New Orleans Americana”. Finger picking his acoustic guitar with his unique picking styles and singing with “a light vibrato,” Randy shares the impressions growing up in New Orleans to become a professional musician had on his life and music.
Singing, playing, laughing, entertaining. “You’ll feel exceptionally welcome when you see Randy East. He’s out to entertain you, and he does,” is how the Tangi Entertainment Guide describes his show.
The programs of the St. James Center for Spiritual Formation, a ministry of St. James Episcopal Church, are open to all — providing “food for the journey.”
Quiana Lynell & The Lush Life
Armand St. Martin Trio
Randy East & Raw Sugar